By Jeffrey Damicog
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested two persons for reportedly being involved in online identity thefts and taking funds from bank accounts.
NBI Officer-In-Charge Director Eric Distor identified the arrested suspects as Jayson Cruz and Kevin Marmolejo.
Distor said the NBI’s cyber crime division arrested the two suspects during an entrapment operation in Quezon City last April 14.
Following the operation, the NBI presented the two suspects for inquest before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly violating Republic Act 8484, the Access Device Regulation Act of 1998, in relation to RA 10175, Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Distor said the operation was conducted following the request made by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) that sought to investigate the growing number of phishing sites.
The NBI chief said the phishing sites were designed to appear as legitimate online banking portals of major banks but only gather log-in credentials of legitimate bank holders and use the information to access online banking accounts that are then drained of funds.
NBI agents arrested Cruz first after receiving information that he posted an advertisement on Facebook seeking to purchase access devices.
Distor explained hackers usually procure access devices like ATM cards in illegally accessing bank accounts.
During the arrest, NBI agents seized from Cruz a BPI debit card with the name Joseph Anano Teves and a mobile phone.
NBI learned from Cruz that he was supposed to deliver to Marmolejo the access devices that were supposed to be procured.
With this information, the NBI conducted a follow-up operation which led to the arrest of Marmolejo.